After his team beat Grovetown High School Friday night to improve to 3-0 in Region 2-AAAAA, head coach Kevin Kenny wasn’t pleased by what he saw on the floor the next day.
Playing the second game in a stretch of four games in five nights, the Knights saw a tie game at the end of the first quarter evaporate into a 69-30 rout at the hands of the Rutland Hurricanes.
The non-region game was part of the Second Annual William Avery Invitational at Augusta State University’s Christenberry Fieldhouse.
The Class AAAA Hurricanes (15-2) traveled from Macon, Ga. Friday night and found their legs in the second quarter.
They exploded out of the gate with an 18-2 run, opening up a 29-13 advantage. They scored 24 points in the quarter, the majority on fastbreak layups off turnovers and rebounds,
For Evans, it was a case of cold shooting and missed opportunities.
“They went on a run and we gave up,” he said.
“We quit rebounding and quit hustling. We knew they were quick and score a lot of points. We just didn’t give a good effort. We folded once they had a little lead.”
With an 18-point halftime advantage, the Hurricanes blew out the Knights with a 26-point third quarter.
Rutland head coach Jermaine Christian, who was happy his team was getting the experience of playing on a college floor, thought his team was able to play to its strengths.
“We have a fast-paced game, we like to turn up the heat and like to get after people and get turnovers,” Christian said.
Shakenneth Williams led the Hurricanes with 14 points and Jaylon Tyson had 13.
With the starters on the bench for most of the second half, Jay Grimes led the Knights with six points.
“The silver lining is this is the type of team we’re going to see at the state tournament, and we’re going to have to step up to that level,” said Kenny.